April 3, 2008

SMU students raise awareness with 'Art for Darfur'

Human rights activists and students at SMU will host the second-annual "Art for Darfur" silent auction and "Tents of Hope" community art project on Saturday, April 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Taubman Atrium of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. All proceeds go to the International Rescue Committee’s humanitarian aid relief in refugee camps of Darfur, Sudan and Eastern Chad.

Art for Darfur is a collaborative of students, non-profit organizations, faith communities and artists responding to the crisis in Darfur by connecting citizens of Dallas with the victims of the armed conflict in Darfur through community art. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, an outspoken leader on the issue who has received one of the highest ranking on, supports Art for Darfur as honorary chairperson.

Tents of Hope is a national movement of communities creating tents as art to raise awareness and advocate for change in Darfur. Art for Darfur will include a traveling tent that several faith communities around Dallas will host and decorate with messages and images of hope and solidarity. The finished project will be displayed on the evening of Art for Darfur. An additional blank tent will be set up at the event as part of the fund raiser for guests to participate in the community project.

Local professional and student artists have donated work including ceramics, oil paintings, hand-crafts, jewelry and photography and Nnamdi Orakpo will be performing a spoken-word piece.

Tent painting begins at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

For more information about "Art for Darfur," contact Kristin Schutz at 763-229-8338 or, or visit

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